The UK Coaching Framework sets out the agenda for the creation of an inclusive and cohesive system in the UK that is world leading and defines clear actions and parameters for this to happen. In this regard, it is critical to support the further development and growth in the coaching workforce to help the delivery of governing body participation and performance targets., In order to do this we need to have a clear understanding of the participant populations we are working with and the types of coaches and skills which are required to respond to a diverse range of needs, aspirations and abilities.
The current profile of the coaching workforce in the UK is not representative of the wider community. The figures speak for themselves as only 3% of the total workforce are BME coaches and 1% of qualified coaches are BME. Clearly, there is a significant issue to be addressed in the recruitment and development of coaches from BME backgrounds. Given the ‘inclusive’ nature of the vision of the UK Coaching Framework, there is an urgent need to identify the way forward in terms of increasing these figures.
The responsibility to take action rests with us all. A mindset change is required within national, regional and local organisations, with a clear commitment to more strongly engage with BME sport participants, parents and others in the initial stages of their coaching journey. Existing coaches need to play an important part in helping support and mentor others from the wider community to get involved with coaching. There needs to be a greater degree of encouragement and support for those who might wish to take the first step into coaching and we need to value and draw on peoples life experiences so that they develop the desire and confidence to become involved.
This research by Sporting Equals is very timely and provides important data on the issues facing entry level coaches from BME communities. It provides the basis upon which existing coaching programmes and the National Occupational Standards should be reviewed. The objective should be to ensure that the inclusive aspiration of the UK Coaching Framework is translated into a vibrant reality that will impact on the lives of children, players and athletes who are guided by motivated and skilled coaches drawn from BME communities.
Editor's comments - [ The representation of BME coaches in the coaching workforce, is below the level that would be expected (sports coach UK, 2009), with only 1% of all qualified coaches drawn from such backgrounds. The purpose of this report is to look at the key issues around entry level coaching for BME communities and provide advice and guidance to the sports sector, National Governing Bodies and key agencies such as sports coach UK. ] Reference this?Cryer, J. (2011). This page title in italics. Retrieved date, from In the text: Cryer (2011)
Reference : Sporting Equals. (2011). BME Coaching in sport. London: Sporting Equals
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